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Monday, December 16, 2019

Merry (Almost) Christmas from our Summer Garden

It's almost Christmas and summer is heating up in our garden. Here's a pre-holiday peak at what's currently growing in our garden.  Although our usual posting cycle currently runs the first Monday of each month, this is a little extra share before we go on blog-break until early in the new year. Happy (almost) holidays! See you again in 2020.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Lower Waste Gift Wrapping Ideas

Christmas is almost here! Where does the time go? If, like me, you're still figuring out your holiday shopping and haven't even started wrapping, here are some doable lower waste ideas for wrapping pretty presents and some ideas for gifts that don't require any wrapping at all.  If you have a gardener on your holiday list, check out our gift ideas for gardeners

Friday, November 1, 2019

Core Aeration for Improved Lawn Health

Our new garden has heavy clay soil. This discovery meant changing some of our planting plans and working hard on soil amendment.  I'm very happy to report that things are going well and sign of life have returned to the soil, including an abundance of previously absent earthworms. Although the planted gardens get the bulk of the garden TLC around here, our lawn needs love as well. With hard clay beneath, a first summer drought, heavy traffic and weight loads during new garden construction, foot traffic, and dog play, hollow tine core aeration was in order for autumn to set up for a healthy winter and year two of growth.